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Official BIO:

What is a bigdumbhick?

 

Short Version: 

Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a 6’7”, 325+lb, bib-overall wearing, solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller from the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Originally from Middle Tennessee, He spent 20 years in the Navy, where he taught himself to play guitar when he wasn’t busy sitting on his ass, smoking cigarettes, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s traveled the world, and he has broken bread and played music with people from every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum.  ”Big”, yes, but he’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as “Hick” as he might initially portray himself to be.

What he is, is a very talented and performer, one who often writes darkly humorous songs, songs which will contain some deep thought provoking nugget.  But he’s more than just a comedy act. One moment he can have you crying with laughter, and then out of the blue he hits you with something extremely personal and profound that will cause your jaw, and occasionally a few tears, to hit the ground.

What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real. This is not an adapted persona. He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

“Jeff Wall is big, hairy, occasionally profane, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray - Greensboro NC

I met Jeff and saw him play at last years Southeast Regional Folk Alliance. I loved his stuff, and laughed my butt off and occasionally was mortified ...he crosses lines and doesn’t care one bit. That’s why he’s so friggin’ authentic. - Peter Farrell - Philiadelphia

If you get a chance to see Jeff, don’t miss it. Early songs brought nervous laughter, but by the end of the show there were belly laughs and a sing along. His lyrics are clever and his stories are unique... and true. Authenticity is hard to find these days, but I found it yesterday and it was wearing bib overalls. Terri Latham - Atlanta

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

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Long Version:


Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller from the Piedmont area of North Carolina

At 6’7” and more than 325lbs, it is easy to understand the “Big” part. The “Dumb” part is easy too. Just Look at him. He looks dumb. Big and Dumb, like Lennie Small with a guitar in his hands…  but he knows who Lennie Small is and you’re probably going to have to look it up, so maybe he’s not as dumb as he looks.

Originally from Middle Tennessee, At the age of 18, he dropped out of community college and went off to the Navy, where he mainly specialized in smoking cigarettes, sitting on his ass, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s read a bunch of books. He’s lived all over the US, and he has traveled the world. He has met, broken bread, and played music with people from every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum. 

He’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as Hick” as he might portray himself to be.

While in the Navy, while sitting off the coast of Beirut in 1982, he picked up a guitar and taught himself to play. From that point forward it was rare that he didn’t have one close at hand. Whenever he entered a new port, while his shipmates would all head as fast as they could toward the closest bar, he would instead search out local street musicians to play with. He played Gypsy Jazz in a city park in Bari, Italy with a septuagenarian gentleman who told of being a young man and seeing the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli play in the jazz clubs of Paris. He played old American Folk and Cowboy tunes on the streets of Split, Croatia with a young refugee man whose house in Kosovo had just recently accidentally had a bomb fall on it, and he therefore now had no house.
 
After retiring from the Navy, he settled in North Carolina. He would attend area music Festivals just to sit around a campfires and jam all night. He played covers in local dive bars, he would occasionally sit in with friend’s when they came through on tour. In his mid-50s he decided he finally needed to start writing his own songs. No need to rush into these things. He carefully observed the current strength of the music business and decided that there was an unfilled demand for old, fat, grumpy, excessively hairy, hillbilly musicians, singing songs to a rapt, attentive audience about how they can’t get laid anymore. He decided that this was the perfect time to embark upon a career as a Singer/Songwriter.

… Ok, maybe he’s earned that “Dumb” part honestly.

Somehow or another it has all worked out. He is a hilarious, gifted performer, He writes songs which are often darkly humorous, but he is more than just a comedy act, one moment he can have you crying with laughter, and then out of the blue he will hit you with something extremely personal, powerful, and moving, causing your jaw, and even a few tears, to hit the ground.

This is not a stage persona. He’s real. What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real.  He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

Jeff Wall is big, hairy, occasionally profane, and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray - Greensboro

I met Jeff and saw him play at last years Southeast Regional Folk Alliance. I loved his stuff, and laughed my butt off and occasionally was mortified ...he crosses lines and doesn’t care one bit. That’s why he’s so friggin’ authentic. - Peter Farrell - Philadelphia

If you get a chance to see Jeff, don’t miss it. Early songs brought nervous laughter, but by the end of the show there were belly laughs and a sing along. His lyrics are clever and his stories are unique... and true. Authenticity is hard to find these days, but I found it yesterday and it was wearing bib overalls. Terri Latham - Atlanta

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

 

 

Tour Dates

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Live Tracks

by Jeff Wall (Bigdumbhick)

These are some live tracks from recent shows. Listen to them here, or right click and ‘Save Link As”in order to download

VIDEOS

An early version of "Erectile Dysfunction Blues" from Feb 2015

An original Gospel song - “Guitars and Titties”

“Rambling Fever” From the Merle Haggard tribute at the Kraken, Chapel Hill, NC, with the House Band: Lance White and Mitch Renkow (gtr), Clay Buckner (fiddle), Rick Mathey (pedal steel), Berkeley Grimbal (sax), Tim Smith (piano), Steve Eisenstadt (bass), David Shore (drums). 6/10/16.

A cover of Tom T. Hall's “That's How I Got To Memphis” - That I learned off a Bobby Bare Recording

A Mickey Newbury song made famous by Kenny Rogers and the movie Big Lewbowski - Recorded live at Puckett’s, Charlotte, NC

The reason for the mask? When this was filmed, I had the flu really bad. A few days later the flu caused me to have a stroke. ‘‘You Can’t Trust a Fart”

A grassed up cover of the great Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters “I Live the Life I Love”

“Seventh Son” written by Willie Dixon, was a big hit for Johnny Rivers

“New Wayfaring Strangers” co-written with Mark “Brink” Brinkman

“I Wanna Be Your Dog”. Who knew Iggy and the Stooges were actually a Hillbilly band?

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Booking the BIGDUMBHICK?

 

"What do you sound like? What kind of music do you play?"

What kind of music do I play? Acoustic Music. Real Music. Good Music. Bigdumbhick music. I am a solo acoustic musician playing mostly original music. I have tested positive for Bluegrass as well as Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Country-Blues, and Honky-Tonk. Basically all the different roots music stylings. I’ve been described as a mix of Jimmy Martin and J.J. Cale. There are video and sound samples elsewhere on this site which should help.

”What can I expect at one of your shows?”

YOU CAN EXPECT A FAMILY FRIENDLY SHOW UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN ADVANCE.

When I am playing out, I basically have two different kinds of performances.

1. The Bigdumbhick “Show” or 2. the Jeff Wall show

THE BIGDUMBHICK SHOW

A concert or listening room type experience, where people are there to listen to music and the stage is the primary focus of their attention. This usually consists of anywhere from 30 minutes to 2-3 hours of all original music, with maybe an occasional cover. I will play some songs, I will tell jokes and some stories, and I will usually interact A LOT with the audience...they are just as much a part of the show as I am. This is usually Adult oriented with some strong language and subject matter. Shows are Family Friendly when that is more appropriate.


THE JEFF WALL SHOW

A more sedate performance geared toward those venues where people are eating, drinking, and talking to one another. My job in that situation is to provide you with quality background music, usually a mix of covers and originals, that is loud enough so that if people want to listen, they can, but not so loud that people can't comfortably talk with each other.

“WHAT DO YOU CHARGE?”

My base prices are:
Solo: 2 hr $150, 3 hr $200

I can put together a duo or band if requested.

I can provide a PA powerful enough for a Small to Medium room

My only requirements are a source of electricity, and some water.

 

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